Editorials

In our opinion: Western land standoff aside, room for compromise with BLM

Disagreements about land use need to be handled within the legal system.

In our opinion: Digital Fourth Amendment

The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution guarantees that the “right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall... Read more »

March 27, 2014

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In our opinion: Roll back mandatory minimum sentences and allow judges to measure out punishment

A bipartisan measure in Congress to roll back mandatory minimum prison terms is a welcome effort to reform federal criminal law sentencing. A system of laws must provide a way for an... Read more »

March 27, 2014

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In our opinion: Voice against atrocities

Egypt has been wracked by unrest since the Arab Spring first hit there three years ago. The Obama administration and others must raise a strong voice against atrocities that will only keep the... Read more »

March 26, 2014

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In our opinion: Tools against distraction

Distracted-driving legislation was passed in the final hours of the Legislature. But enabling drivers to do most of the tasks for which people currently use their phones when driving, new... Read more »

March 25, 2014

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Automation, rising minimum wage and educational trends make it hard for young men to get jobs

Young men who are unable to find employment and vocational skills early in life are less likely to embark on a career path that ensures stability in adulthood. Many factors limit the options of... Read more »

March 24, 2014

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In our opinion: In Hobby Lobby case, freedom is under threat

The Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution enshrine every individual’s right and privilege to enjoy a robust conception of religious freedom. In the Hobby Lobby case, we urge... Read more »

March 23, 2014

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In our opinion: The Obama administration's all-out assault on press freedom

The Obama administration has been waging an all-out assault, largely under-reported, on the freedom of speech. It’s time for the nation’s media to make this an issue. Obama’s... Read more »

March 22, 2014

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In our opinion: Taking a stand against bullying in Utah

A group of prominent Utahns have come together to launch a public-private partnership of educators and business leaders against bullying in schools. We urge Utahns of all ages to participate in and... Read more »

March 22, 2014

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In our opinion: In new study, Utah continues to experience fewer alcohol deaths than peers

A report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that Utah has the lowest rate of alcohol-related deaths among 11 states surveyed. Utah’s current laws and policies... Read more »

March 21, 2014

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In our opinion: The innocence of March Madness

In an age when professional athletes earn millions of dollars, thump their own chests whenever they score and often behave badly both on and off the field of play, the NCAA basketball tournament is... Read more »

March 20, 2014

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In Russia and beyond, Obama administration must take foreign threats seriously

Words of warning should always be preceded by building a coalition of nations prepared to act in defending America’s — and the West’s — values, including freedom of speech,... Read more »

March 19, 2014

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In our opinion: To enhance the knowledge of voters, support the Utah Debate Commission

All Utahns should be united in the common interest of having an informed base of voters. The success of a democratic form of government is predicated on something of a contract between elected... Read more »

March 18, 2014

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In our opinion: Obama administration IRS rules to politicize non-profit world

The Obama administration has issued new regulations to govern how non-profit, 501(c)(4) “social welfare” groups are allowed to operate. This politicized scrutiny of non-profit groups... Read more »

March 17, 2014

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In our opinion: Democracy and political participation

Democratic government requires the honest airing of differences of opinion in an atmosphere of civility and respect. It is natural that there will be such differences. We must remain committed to... Read more »

March 16, 2014

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In our opinion: Wins and losses in the 2014 legislative session

The 2014 session of the Utah Legislature may be remembered most for what lawmakers didn’t do. Read more »

March 15, 2014

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In our opinion: Better airline security necessary on international flights

The disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 is raising questions about security practices among international airlines that are worthy of intensive review, regardless of whether they played... Read more »

March 15, 2014

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In our opinion: On matters of panhandling or dog breeds, let localities decide

The Legislature in Utah often imposes itself on local governments here and there to satisfy demands from some constituency or to fix a perceived problem. The legal and constitutional right to do so... Read more »

March 14, 2014

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In our opinion: Unfinished legislative business on Medicaid, and on clean air fuel standards

As the Utah legislative session comes to a close on Thursday, there remain two high-profile items that could make a meaningful difference to families here in Utah: enhancing Medicaid and improving... Read more »

March 12, 2014

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In our opinion: In making educational progress in Utah, no single solution will suffice

Technology and funding must both be incorporated into a balanced and thoughtful approach to education reform. No single solution will suffice. With thousands of new pupils entering the system every... Read more »

March 12, 2014

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In our opinion: Obama's immigration enforcement too harsh

Latino advocacy groups who have criticized the unprecedented rate of immigrant deportations under the Obama Administration are justified in referring to the policy as irrational and inhumane. Read more »

March 11, 2014

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In our opinion: Looking upward, seeking refinement: finding God in Hollywood

Faith may be hidden in Hollywood. But for those actors, directors and producers who dare to look upward and speak to the public through art that is good and refining, they will find an audience of... Read more »

March 9, 2014

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In our opinion: Prison relocation iffy

Before committing to a move, lawmakers should ... demonstrate that public safety and rehabilitation are top priorities. Read more »

March 8, 2014

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In our opinion: Boy Scouts of America and building responsible men

Unfortunately, the overwhelming good in the Scouting program is being drowned out by narrow political agendas. That is a shame, because no other program has matched the Boy Scouts in helping boys... Read more »

March 7, 2014

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In our opinion: Endangered Species Act lost sight of its mission

A report from the Endangered Species Act Congressional Working Group found the ESA has produced an “unacceptable” recovery rate of 2 percent, and less than 5 percent of the species on... Read more »

March 7, 2014

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In our opinion: Maintaining balance

Almost all reasonable people agree that alcohol consumption imposes significant costs upon society. That’s why the Utah Legislature has a significant responsibility to seriously weigh the... Read more »

March 6, 2014

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